A young couple play a role-playing game at bars – with her letting herself get nearly picked up by another man, only for him to step in, have an instant connection with this "stranger" and head off for private session. This interplay works well, however some small tensions see the root of this game start to develop into something else. The Girlfriend Game (2015) - An erotic thriller about a twisted game a couple plays at bars.
This is well played out and I liked that the film ended with the point where the couple both sort of know this but at the same time are holding to their hurts a little too, so although we do not get to see where things go from here, I liked the point it chose to end, and the manner in which it did it. Another thing that the film does well is to look very slick and stylish. In particular the use of LA locations is very good – whether it be the bars, the busy curbsides, or the spacious houses with their large windows and cool pools; everything is typically neon with professional production values giving the place a real feel of a hot city at night. - bob the moo
Armen Antranikian is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, and a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he received the Jack Nicholson Award and the John Huston Award for Directing. Armen grew up in Germany, and lived in London for five years, where he studied at the University of the Arts London, and developed his interest for art, design, and photography. He was selected by the BFI London Film Festival for their development program, and featured by MovieScope as a 'Director to Watch'. His short film The Girlfriend Game premiered on Short of the Week, and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival. His upcoming projects include Alice Alive, a psychological thriller film, and Between Sheets, a digital drama series. It is his goal is to connect with audiences on a personal level, and, as noted by the Guardian, "make films with universal appeal that will be seen by people all over the world". Armen is represented by Robert Bookman and Christopher Smith at Paradigm, managers Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Lindsay Williams and Justin Littman at the Gotham Group, and attorney Tara Kole.
Director: Armen Antranikian
Screenplay: Nick Antosca
Stars: Christopher Abbott, Spencer Treat Clark, Ryan Eggold